Belgium, a quaint little country caught in-between neighbours that are far more famous like France, Germany, and the UK… A country known for its gastronomical experiences like chocolates, waffles, fries and beer… Don’t get us wrong – these are must-dos in Belgium… What we would suggest is also slowing down and taking a break and living in the old world charm of Belgium with its legends, history and culture for company.
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Arrival at Amsterdam
A city built on water with its impeccably kept architecture, elegant floral bridges crossing houseboat laden canals and its deep and thought-provoking history, Amsterdam is a city one just can’t seem to get enough of. Check-in to the hotel and explore the city at leisure.
Visit the Hemp museum, coffee bars and night life, all at 15 minutes’ walk from the hotel.
Amsterdam city tour
Get on the Hop On Hop Off bus for a city tour. Don’t forget to use the head phones in the bus and change the tuning to the language of your choice to know more about the city. Lose yourself amidst the masterpiece paintings of the Dutch Art and the antique objects of the Dutch Culture in the Rijks museum. Also visit a biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank.
Enjoy a few glasses of Heineken Beer at the Brewery along with an experiential tour. Explore the bustling night life including Red Light museum and erotic museum.
Zaanse Schans Windmills
Visit Zaanse Schans, a vibrant and stunning living and working community that dates back to 18th and 19th century. It is packed with wooden windmills, barns, houses and museums, built in the typical Dutch wooden architectural style, relocated here piece by piece. Take a walk through the stunning buildings, watch the traditional crafts such as clog and cheese making. This place is again a photographer’s delight. Return to the city in the evening to hit the vibrant night life.
Take a train ride to Bruges, after a quick check-in to the hotel, take a guided walking tour of the city and explore the city through stories and urban legends. Bruges, is a living medieval city, which with its rich heritage and legends can charm one and all. A great city to slow down and take a break. You can cover the city on foot, on a bicycle or just take a boat. Relax at a Pub with loads of Belgium Beer in the evening. Take the guided walking tour of another part of the city in the night, followed by a tasting of 6 beers.
Make a note of the information on every beer and food pairing.
Bruges and Damme
Today is an action packed day. Start with the Belfry and the museum at the city centre. Post which you may choose between a biking tours to the city of Damme, which served as an important harbour for the city of Bruges in the medieval times. End the day with a visit to a local microbrewery.
Belgium is known to have more than 2000 types, learn about the brewing process yourself at the micro-brewery.
Ghent, “the best kept secret of Europe”(as per Lonely Planet) is a city that began as a settlement at the confluence of Scheldt and Leie Rivers in the Middle Ages (some also claim its existence from the Stone Age). A city with more than 25% student population now, is also home to majestic castles and museums and an architectural masterpiece. Explore and soak in the ancient city and its churches, the towering Belfry and castles. . .
Don’t miss the purple cone-shaped, jelly-filled candies called cuberdons or neuzekes (‘noses’).
Usually known as “The World’s capital of Diamonds”, it is also the city which invented Gin, the juniper-flavoured liquor. Cycle through the old and new parts of the city and experience the uniqueness of different neighbourhoods, from medieval buildings to Art Nouveau. Enjoy the rooftop view on The MAS museum or stroll along the dockyards in one of the biggest harbours in Europe.
Don’t forget to try the 200 plus varieties of Gin in Antwerp
Post breakfast, take a train to Brussels, the capital of European Union and a city known for chocolates, Beer, waffles and French fries. And yes it is also the city which gave us our Hero Reporter Tintin. Start exploring Brussels from the Grand Palace which is right at the heart of the city and very close to the hotel. Visit the beer museum and a century old pub to taste as many as 2000 plus varieties of beer – your chance to test your own capacity… Don’t miss the Manikin Pis statue.
Brussels in the night is a great place for photography, especially the Grand Place.
Today is for exploring Brussels city, explore the museums, cuisine, canals, cathedrals and palaces. Evening at leisure, and don’t forget to explore the sea food with beer.
Brussels-Tin tin Museum
Start the day with a walking tour of the old city of Brussels. Take a train to the Tin Tin Museum.
Take time out in the evening for some last minute shopping ….chocolates, beer and other souvenirs.
Transfer to the Airport via train for your flight back home. And the action is not yet over. Brussels airport is your opportunity to drown yourself in the sea of chocolates again.
We hope that you will enjoy the relaxed and experiential trip to these lesser known and not so glamourous cities of Europe. We definitely did. . .